More on the Closed Naccache Bridge

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I thought i show Mr.Ghazi Aridi, our dear minister of public works, the bridge that he authorized to close maybe he is unaware of how crucial this bridge is for the whole area. He could be unaware of this bridge’s location as well who knows?

As shown in the picture above, this bridge allows all citizens coming from Naccache and its surroundings to take the maritime road instead of getting stuck in Antelias. It also allows all those coming from Jounieh to take the maritime road and avoid the traffic on the highway.

Therefore, by closing this bridge, all those coming from Naccache had to go back to Dbayyeh to take the maritime road or go to Antelias as they couldn’t even take the highway since the bridge is closed. Add to that the fact that most schools and universities started today, and it is a Monday and what you get is a complete disaster on the roads.

On another note, while watching the MTV news, they interviewed a certain Jeff Zalzali who appeared annoyed by the people’s reaction to this event. He even argued that a study was made on how this bridge closing would impact the traffic and as it turns out, it will only increase it by 15%.

I urge Mr.Zalzali, who was engaged at some point to Nathalie Fadlallah, owner of Nataly’s agency, to email us this study of his as well as his traffic engineer license because i am quite sure the real number was 150% not 15%. Added to that, Mr.Jeff claimed he looked all over Lebanon for suitable bridges but could not find better than this one and that and i quote “3am nekhdoum une cause” and people should be happy about it.

What is so great about Naccache Bridge? Its view on the highway? Emile Lahoud’s conference place next to it? The view on the unfinished Olympic pool from it? Or maybe people cursing you every 20 seconds while you do your stupid fashion show?

12 thoughts on “More on the Closed Naccache Bridge

  1. OH

    WTF??? This is insane! This may sound naive, but I am unfortunately unfamiliar with Lebanese law. Is there a way to start a “class action” lawsuit for compensation for time lost by everyone stuck in traffic today?

  2. Devin

    Oh well, Not say what happened but I live in Jounieh so in the morning at around 8 when I am heading to work it was fine…But on the way back Traffic started from the forum de Beirut on both main road and seaside (I was there around 6:30PM) it took about 20 minutes from forum to citi mall and I do that road 6 days a week for a while now I am familiar with the traffic and as much as Lebanon traffic is unpredictable this one was something. Needless to say i made a trun toward Citi mall and went watched a movie (Better than the traffic jam). I am all for fun nice events but Hey! she did not have to do this unless she is planing to spread her services to please a larger disgruntled audience. That was a bummer!!

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  4. bou

    I am not violent by nature but i reallllly felt that i wanted to go through that stupid fashion show. Really pissed me off. 1 hour from forum to nahr el kalb.

  5. Tarek

    I don’t know what added value this fashion show brought lebanon, but I think in terms of productivity millions of dollars were lost because of wasted time. This is a crime against the people living in the area and against Lebanon.

  6. Devin

    Hooray! the bridge is open. Oh! well yesterday i passed by around 11PM no major traffic as I stopped in Gemayzeh for few happy hour drinks (Just to avoid the traffic)! This morning though the police had a traffic stop immediately after “Nahr El Kalb and just before the Dbayeh Awkar Bridge” and made cars pass one by one in a bid to camouflage the fact they had cranes on one lane of the main highway, the cranes were dismantling the stadium on naccache bridge. To say i was annoyed by what happened it would be an understatement, but it is definitely a reminder that you cant fix this country, and one should not even try, especially with all the talks about war right know; one should be happy they are closing roads for a fashion show :),because soon they will be closed by thugs and militias and we will dearly miss the days of fashion shows on the road! Cheers and lets hope a while before somebody figures out how the hell he/she can annoy everybody else because they are connected or they know how to bribe some people!

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